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* US Ambassador meets Sri Lanka Speaker to discuss political crisis
Tue, Nov 6, 2018, 11:10 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 06, Colombo: The new Ambassador of the United States to Colombo Alaina Teplitz has met with the Speaker of Sri Lanka Karu Jayasuriya to discuss the current political crisis situation in the country.

Ambassador Teplitz, who officially began her tenure in Sri Lanka on 1 November, said in a Twitter post that she met the Speaker to discuss the importance of Parliament reconvening to end the political crisis.

The U.S. Ambassador said the democratic institutions should serve the people of Sri Lanka allowing the elected representatives to decide on the government.

Sri Lanka's political crisis was precipitated by President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to sack Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place in violation of the Constitution. The crisis further deepened as a result of President's decision to prorogue the parliament until November 16.

 

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